For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. -Leviticus 11:45
What does it mean to be holy? To be holy is to be separate.
God doesn’t mingle good with evil, but He is wholly and completely separated from impurity. So in this regard, holiness is to be pure and separate from evil.
As Christians, it’s important to realize that in this sin-stained world there is a certain quality of holiness and purity that is only possessed by God. We cannot in and of ourselves become holy without God. The prophet Isaiah writes:
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. -Isaiah 64:6
And so it’s simply not enough for us to separate ourselves from evil: for the very fabric of our being, our earthly bodies are corrupted with sin. As the apostle Paul writes: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18). If a Christian’s situation is thus, then how shall we obtain the holiness that God demands?
We are to derive our holiness from Christ’s holiness. And so in this way, holiness becomes a slightly different goal.
Holiness is to be set aside for God.
If Christ is our holiness, then we have but one goal: to devote our mind and body to God’s using, and to separate ourselves from the uncleanness that is in the world.
It means that we ought to always be seeking to use everything, every situation, every job, every circumstance to the glory of God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. -Romans 6:11
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